Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ESMA update

ESMA has continued to head out every day to the worst afflicted areas surrounding the pyramids. The load is not getting any easier, and it is crucial that we spread the word to as many people as possible to encourage donations.

The text below is copied directly from ESMA's assessment report on what exactly is needed per animal. As there are approximately 3000 animals in the direct area around the pyramids only, ESMA cannot afford to fund this of their own accord. This is not including the hundreds of animals abandoned by their owners who were forced to evacuate the country. (I shall post further information on these animals in a later blog).

Facts on feeding according to Beth/Stable owner's recommendations :

An average working horse needs the following in normal conditions, but can
survive on much less if not working.

Per day :

6kg of 'hard' food - consists of a mixture of maize/bran/chaff
In addition (for healthy horses only) 25kg per day of Barseem (local clover)

Current market prices from wholesalers (feed prices have tripled since the
crisis began) :

One ton of Barseem (clover) = LE250 (43 US $)

One ton of chaff = LE1000 (170 US $)
140kg of maize = LE 310

Hay and barley are expensive so people do not usually buy them.

 When you consider how much it can cost to keep a horse happy and fed in the US for example, these costs are minimal. We are asking for anyone who can afford even a 10 dollar donation. Every penny counts for these horses.

ESMA volunteers who hit the streets today administered Veterinary care to some of the very ill horses, as well as feeding many more. Every day that passes the situation worsens, and ESMA is relying on the help of individual donations.

Please if you can, visit ESMA's site for more details on how to donate.

Stable Owners wait for Feed


  1. Thank you for your dedication. I will donate and share your plea for help.

  2. Thank you for your contribution.

  3. Suz, thank you for this insightful, compassionate blog. To help raise awareness and hopefully generate donations, I'm going to write an article about this situation and ESMA for a CFA cat breeder's Web site, visited by many animal lovers. The article will be more powerful if I include photos of the starving and neglected animals. Do I have permission to use a few of the photos on your site? Many thanks.

  4. Pam, thanks so much for that. It's very much appreciated. Please feel free to use any of the pictures that you see. When the article goes online, could you please send me the link? Thanks!

  5. Suz, the article is now online at Thank you for all your update articles.

  6. Oh Pam that's great news. Thank you so much for everything. I'll continue to post updates on ESMA as I receive them.